Cousins began challenge after mum and auntie saved by Ward 14 staff at James Cook University Hospital
Fat Lads fundraisers team up with Phat Lasses to raise even more money for cancer ward
Fat lads have joined up with “Phat Lasses” as three passionate Teesside fundraisers expand their efforts into a “brand” - and also launch a “DIY SOS” for a poorly Middlesbrough youngster.
Cousins Neal Bullock, of Ingleby Barwick, and Glenn Auckland, of Middlesbrough, along with friend Paul Sykes, also of Middlesbrough, launched their “Fat Lads on Bikes” fundraiser last month in aid of Ward 14 at James Cook University Hospital, as previously reported.
They are currently training for a 152-mile coast-to-coast bike ride as well as for the Great North Run.
They decided to fundraise for the cancer ward after Glenn’s mum Linda Auckland was helped to beat breast cancer twice.
Now the trio have been joined by dozens of other fundraisers - there are now around 25 taking part in the Great North Run - and they have teamed up with Teesside Hero award winner Jane Harvey of Anyone Can Run, an all-ladies running group based in Guisborough, to form the “Phat Lasses in Trainers” arm.
Additionally, Neal has launched “Cool Kids Jog On” for fundraisers aged five to 12.
Dad-of-three Neal, a chef who previously owned The Cooks Room restaurant in Great Ayton, said: “This has become so much more than a bit of fundraising. I didn’t expect to feel this passionately about it. It’s just grown so quickly into something massive.”
The Fat Lads have also stepped in to help create a sensory room for South Bank youngster Millie Mann.
Millie, seven, who lives with parents Ian and Aimee and siblings James, 11, and Ebonie, 10, has cerebral palsy, epilepsy and visual impairment, after she was deprived of oxygen at birth.
Describing it as a “Fat Lads DIY SOS”, Neal said he would be helping with fundraising and then making sure the sensory room is built.
He added: “While our mission is to raise as much money as we can for Ward 14, we’re happy to help other people raise money for their cause by putting the Fat Lads’ name to it.
“The Aim of the Phat Lasses in Trainers is to inspire mothers, daughters and sisters to get involved in fundraising for local causes and get fit at the same time.
“Together our goal is simple - to raise as much money as we can for local causes, while simultaneously supporting each other in events that are planned for both the Lads and the Lasses.”
“Jane Harvey is fantastic. She’s a Healthy Living Champion at Marton Pharmacy. We’re also setting up a section on our website full of information about preventing cancer. If we can save one life by doing that it’s been worthwhile.”
For Ward 14, Neal and the others have already lined up a number of events for the coming year, including a golf day.
The “Fat Lads with Clubs” golf day will include a two-course carvery, a pint, a bacon roll, 18 holes of golf, sporting memorabilia auction and more.
Also planned is a “Fat Lads with Balls” charity Bubble Football tournament and family fun day.
The men are also looking for any donations of raffle prizes or auction items, while each golf hole is also available for sponsorship. Anyone who can help or who is interested in sponsorship is asked to get in touch.
The golf day is to be held on Monday, June 22, 2015 at Teesside Golf Club in Thornaby.